One of the best choices you will ever make for your child is to make and keep their early dental appointments.
These visits, though not intensive in either cleaning or examining, are crucial to setting up a positive relationship- not just with a dentist, but with the idea of dentists and dental care.
Once a child has a good association with going to the dentist, taking care of her teeth will be an easier process for the rest of her life.
When Does My Baby Need to See the Dentist?
Most babies cut their first teeth between 6-12 months, so a dental appointment just after the first birthday is the best timing.
The first few appointments will be mainly for examining and cleaning teeth, as much as your child will allow, and for establishing a good rapport. At Dunwoody Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that your child’s first dental appointments should be as easy and stress free as possible. Your baby can even sit in your lap during the exam time, if it makes him more comfortable.
Just Baby Teeth?
Those primary teeth are pretty important. Sure, caring for them will help your child learn to practice good hygiene, but baby teeth mainly act as a guide for the permanent teeth. Without the baby teeth, permanent ones may come in poorly aligned. Early check-ups will help prevent early decay and tooth loss.
When you’re ready to make your infant’s first dental appointment, call Dunwoody Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our philosophy of gentle, stress free care will ease your little one into the beginnings of great dental care!
Posted on behalf of Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry